New Discovery: Banners

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of listening to new releases every week but it’s been a bit of a struggle. A busy personal life mixed with a sudden need to completely clean out my iTunes (it’s gotten quite out of hand to be fair) means that listening to new music hasn’t been a priority as of late. I did, however, find some time to discover a new favorite artist to become obsessed with. Liverpool singer / songwriter Mike Nelson, aka Banners, has only two tracks released and they are exactly what I need to pull myself out of this funk and get writing again.

The first track I heard was “Shine a Light.” The atmospheric “oohs” and pianos that open the track caught my attention and I was hooked as soon as Nelson’s airy vocals came in. Galloping drums come in quietly underneath, exploding on the chorus into an uproarious anthem that should be played at full blast. Nelson says the track is ” about being stuck on a rowboat in the middle of the ocean and looking for salvation.  Whether it’s a lighthouse that signifies land or a girl that can change your life.  It can be anything.” You can feel the hope ringing clearly through Nelson’s vocals as well as the stadium filling backing vocal harmonies and music.

My hunt for anything else I could get my hands on from this talented artist began as soon as “Shine a Light” finished coming through my headphones and I was disappointed to only find one other track. Thankfully “Ghosts” is just as affecting as “Shine a Light” and I found myself getting swept up in Nelson’s soft croon and forgetting all about the fact that there wasn’t any more new music out yet. “Ghosts” is a slow burning simple track relying mostly on Nelson’s soft croon and piano to carry it. Like “Shine a Light,” “Ghosts” is a cinematic dream that fits so well below the video directed by Christopher Ranson, who also directed the video for “Shine a Light.”

Currently there is no word on when Banners will be putting new music out into the world but I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat for any news that might come. Until then I’ll have to settle for keeping “Shine a Light” and “Ghosts” on repeat indefinitely.

You can listen to both tracks on Spotify and pick them up over on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Music.